Good Night, and Good Luck Movie Review Essay

1225 Words Jan 22nd, 2012 5 Pages
Title of film: Good Night, and Good Luck

Director: George Clooney

Production Company: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Year film was released: 2005

Running time of film: 93 Minutes


The thought of Communism, in the early 1950’s, created a large span of paranoia in the United States. However, some individuals were more verbal with these fears, such as Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, since Communism was such a heated issue of the time, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to challenge McCarthy to expose the fear that he holds. Their actions and decisions made a large impact on both of them, and consequently helped bring down one of the most controversial American
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Joseph McCarthy, who was in the Senate, used his governmental power to force the military man out of the military, for example. He would use little to no evidence and search people down who he believed to be interacting in Communist acts. People believed him and his accusations because of his governmental power and his thought intelligence.

Another important theme was the power of the media. The means of communication has the resources and the views to be able to influence an entire nation. The viewers give the news respect, and believe in what they see or hear on the news or news type programs. The television, radio, and newspapers have the trust of the population to give them accurate date and facts, not what the government wants to supply or release only. This means that even if the reality is not what the public would want to hear at first, it is what they need to hear and what they need to be informed about. However, in all newscasts or newspapers, the author’s opinion usually always shows through a little bit. The media has the power to reach an entire nation, and quickly. This is how Murrow was able to broadcast the truth about McCarthy.

Another theme throughout the film was the rights of individuals. This was shown in the issue then, and still an issue now, of relationships within the workplace. In the film, CBS policy did not permit a wife and husband to work

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